Update 1/5/13: The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible has reached $8,000.
On New Year's Eve, or New Year's day, someone intentionally set fire to a pit-bull puppy in Sacramento, Calif.
On Friday, RedRover, a nonprofit animal protection organization, announced that a $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the cruel act.
The female, four-month-old puppy was discovered near Calvados Ave. and Oakmont St., near Del Paso Blvd. and Arden Way.
It appeared that the puppy had been confined in a red plastic container and doused with accelerant before being set aflame.
The fire left the puppy with severe burns over her entire body and bits of the plastic container had melted into her feet and hindquarters.
Though animal control rushed her to a veterinarian, the puppy's injuries were so severe that humane euthanasia was deemed necessary.
Sacramento City Animal Care manager Gina Knepp stated:
I thought I’d seen it all, but this level of deliberate cruelty tops anything I’ve seen before,”
“Someone out there knows what happened. This dog deserves justice and we need the community’s help to find the dangerous person who did this.”
RedRover President and CEO, Nicole Forsyth is hopeful that the reward will help the authorities find whoever is responsible, stating:
We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about this horrifying act to come forward with information that could lead to an arrest,”
“Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so local residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this sick and disturbing act is punished to the full extent of the law.”
Anyone with tips or information is asked to phone: Officer Dan Torres at 916.808.5855.
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